CALUMET TOWNSHIP — A man involved in a high-speed chase Friday escaped after rolling over an interstate barrier wall, but police recovered an extended magazine with 21 rounds, a report says.
The chase started about 10:20 p.m. when the officer attempted to stop a sliver Buick in the 5100 block of Ridge Road for going 66 mph in a 35 mph zone, the report says.
The driver briefly slowed, but then made a sharp turn onto northbound Burr Street.
The man drove in the southbound lanes of northbound Burr Street to enter the westbound lanes of Interstate 94 and continued to drive erratically, traveling from the far left to the far right lane.
He rear-ended a black car just as the officer “began to back off,” the report says.
Indiana State Police took a crash report, according to county police.
The Buick began to slow after the crash, but swerved and hit two barrier walls. As “all doors” to the Buick began to open, the officer exited his squad, drew his gun and ordered those in the Buick to show their hands.
The driver exited and moved to the rear of the vehicle with “his hands in his pants.” The officer ordered the man to show his hands, but the man backed up to the north barrier wall and rolled over it, the report says.
The officer chased the man on foot north through a trucking company property as the man jumped two fences. The officer was unable to get over the second fence and returned to the crash scene, where he found the Buick was gone.
The officer recovered an extended magazine with 21 live .40-caliber bullets in it, records say.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Lake County sheriff’s tip line at 800-750-2746.